Jose Mourinho signs up to be a pundit and PHONE-IN HOST for talkSPORT

Jose’s back… just a week after the sack! Mourinho admits he’s ‘missing football already’ as he signs up to be a pundit and PHONE-IN HOST for talkSPORT at Euro 2020, having pocketed £20m from Tottenham in compensation package

  • Jose Mourinho has found work as a pundit with radio broadcaster talkSPORT 
  • The Portuguese was sacked by Tottenham last week following a poor campaign 
  • Mourinho says he is ‘missing football already’ upon his announcement on Friday 
  • The 58-year-old will work for the broadcaster for this summer’s Euro 2020 

Jose Mourinho has admitted he is ‘missing football already’ after finding work just days after his sacking from Tottenham with the Portuguese coach taking up a punditry role with radio station talkSPORT. 

The 58-year-old was relieved of his duties by Spurs chief Daniel Levy last week, just days before the club’s appearance in the Carabao Cup final, having overseen an underwhelming campaign.

The north Londoners were dumped out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb under Mourinho’s watch and are unlikely outsiders to clinch a place in the top four, missing out on Champions League football for a second successive season. 

Despite pocketing £20m in compensation from Spurs, Mourinho has taken up a new role with talkSPORT after admitting that he ‘misses football already’, more than a week after his dismissal.

In a clip posted to the broadcaster’s Twitter page, Mourinho said: ‘I am totally absorbed by football. I just love to work. In this moment, I am not working for a week and I am missing it already.’  

Jose Mourinho has found work just days after his sacking from Tottenham Hotspur this month

The Portuguese was dismissed by Spurs chief Daniel Levy last week after a poor campaign

The Portuguese was dismissed by Spurs chief Daniel Levy last week after a poor campaign

Mourinho’s arrival was unveiled by Alan Brazil on the breakfast show on Friday morning, with the Portuguese taking up punditry duties for this summer’s Euros. 

‘Hello to everyone at talkSPORT, this is Jose Mourinho. Delighted to say I will be joining the talkSPORT team for the Euros this summer. I will be joining the likes of Laura Woods, Ally McCoist and Alan Brazil to give my views on all of the action. 

‘Good luck to England, good luck to Scotland and of course good luck to Portugal.’ 

The broadcaster teased Mourinho’s arrival on Thursday night, tweeting a video of a mysterious figure resembling the Portuguese arriving at talkSPORT headquarters with the caption: ‘We’ve got something “special” for you. Join us at 8am.’ 

And the Portuguese will work with the broadcaster for this summer's European Championship

And the Portuguese will work with the broadcaster for this summer’s European Championship

Mourinho was heard saying 'I am not working for a week and I'm missing it already'

Mourinho was heard saying ‘I am not working for a week and I’m missing it already’

Ryan Mason has taken over on an interim basis and was unable to win the club’s first piece of silverware since 2008 as Spurs fell to a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at Wembley.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is a frontrunner for the Spurs hotseat, while super-agent Jorge Mendes is reportedly pushing Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo in the club’s direction. Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is understood to have snubbed Levy’s advances to take over.  

Levy described Mourinho as ‘a true professional’ following his sacking, ending the Portuguese’s 17-month stay with the club after taking over from Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019. 

Mourinho is understood to have pocketed £20m in compensation from the north Londoners

Mourinho is understood to have pocketed £20m in compensation from the north Londoners 

Mourinho appears to be left with few managerial gigs in England after his latest dismissal

Mourinho appears to be left with few managerial gigs in England after his latest dismissal 

‘Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a Club,’ the Spurs chairman said.

‘Jose is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic. On a personal level I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged.

‘He will always be welcome here and we should like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution.’  

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Kyle Walker is subjected to racist abuse and called a ‘c***’ in a private message on Instagram

Kyle Walker is subjected to racist abuse and called a ‘c***’ in a private message on Instagram as Man City defender asks ‘when is this going to stop?!’ ahead of English football’s social media boycott next weekend

  • Kyle Walker has uploaded a racist private Instagram message to his story
  • He shared the vile message just hours after Manchester City’s Carabao Cup win
  • English football will have a complete social media blackout this weekend

The sickening barrage of online racist abuse that footballers are subjected to has sadly continued with Kyle Walker the latest recipient.

The Manchester City defender was racially abused via a private message on Instagram, going public with it just hours after his side’s 1-0 Carabao Cup final win over Tottenham.

Sharing the vile message he received, Walker revealed the contents of it via his Instagram story before writing ‘When is this going to stop?!’ and tagging Instagram directly.

Walker shared the private message via his Instagram story

Manchester City’s Kyle Walker has been subjected to racist abuse online via Instagram

Walker shared the vile abuse just hours after winning the Carabao Cup final against Tottenham

Walker shared the vile abuse just hours after winning the Carabao Cup final against Tottenham

The message, from an account with three followers and zero posts, wrote ‘Hello you unlucky sole you have fallen victim to one of my racial ratios’, before continuing with racial slurs – including labelling Walker a ‘c***’.

The account also states that they hope his ‘wife batters’ him due to his race. 

Facebook – which owns Instagram – have said the account was disabled before Walker’s post, as per Sky Sports News. They also report note that the platform says they are in development of a new tool which, when turned on, will mean no one has to see abusive messages again.

The abuse aimed at Walker comes shortly after it was revealed that English football will be boycotting social media this weekend as part of the war against racist abuse online.

On Saturday it was announced that that the Premier League and Football League clubs, as well as the FA and PFA, will unite in a widespread blackout of social media platforms this weekend.

This will see that for an entire round of fixtures from 3pm on Friday, April 30 until midnight on Monday, May 3 clubs will switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. This will include Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Liverpool. 

Premier League clubs will unite in a widespread blackout of social media next weekend

Premier League clubs will unite in a widespread blackout of social media next weekend

Both Man United and Liverpool will switch off their social media accounts for their fixture

Both Man United and Liverpool will switch off their social media accounts for their fixture

The Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship, the League Managers Association, Football Supporters Association, referees’ group Professional Game Match Officials Limited, and anti-racism charity Kick It Out have all joined the boycott.

BT Sport and Sky Sports are expected to join the protest, sources at the broadcasters told Sportsmail on Sunday. They are due to hold talks on Monday to finalise the details of how they will play their part.

Richard Masters, the Premier League chief executive, said: ‘We and our clubs stand alongside football in staging this boycott to highlight the urgent need for social media companies to do more in eliminating racial hatred.’

Sanjay Bhandari, Kick It Out chair, added: ‘This boycott signifies our collective anger at the damage this causes to the people who play, watch and work in the game.’

Sky Sports and BT will join English football's boycott of social media against online abuse

Sky Sports and BT will join English football’s boycott of social media against online abuse

BT will join Sky in talking part in talks to discuss how they will join the protests against abuse

BT will join Sky in talking part in talks to discuss how they will join the protests against abuse

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England: Phil Foden MUST start at Euro 2020, insists Micah Richards after another ‘sublime’ display

Phil Foden MUST start for England at Euro 2020, insists Micah Richards after comparing his ‘sublime’ Wembley display to ‘playing in the playground’ as he shines again to help Manchester City lift the League Cup

Micah Richards insisted ‘sublime’ Phil Foden must start for England at the European Championships after another dazzling display in the Carabao Cup final.

The 20-year-old was in fine form at Manchester City were crowned Carabao Cup champions for the fourth straight year with a victory over Tottenham at Wembley.    

Foden’s impressive displays have had fans licking their lips at the prospect of him starring for England this summer, and Richards insisted the playmaker should be a guaranteed starter for manager Gareth Southgate. 

Micah Richards insisted Phil Foden must start for England at Euro 2020 this summer

‘This player (Foden) is sublime. There is Grealish that I have talked up, who I love. There is Mount, who I love as well’, Richards told Sky Sports after City’s 1-0 victory.

‘But this guy here, he plays like he is playing in the playground with his friends but what he has improved on, is becoming a key player. It isn’t flashes of brilliance, he is making a difference. Look at the way he just swivels. 

‘He is so comfortable on the ball, he always seems to play the right pass at the right time.’

The midfielder was in fine form as he helped Manchester City win the Carabao Cup

The midfielder was in fine form as he helped Manchester City win the Carabao Cup

Fellow pundit Jamie Redknapp was similarly in awe of the midfielder, saying: ‘He never looks at the ball. The best players always know where the ball is. He plays with his chest out and knows the picture before it has happened. 

‘Every day training at that club with those players, must be like a masterclass. He is great for the game this young man. 

‘A few weeks ago, I thought maybe he won’t start but he could finish games (for Eng). But right now in that form, he has got to start him.’ 

Richards claimed Foden 'plays like he is playing in the playground with his friends'

Richards claimed Foden ‘plays like he is playing in the playground with his friends’

The wealth of creative options at the Three Lions’ disposal has led to debate over which players should start, with Redknapp questioning how you fit all the players into the starting 11.

Mason Mount and Jack Grealish have been similarly impressive this season, and Richards claimed all three would have a starting spot nailed on if he was the England manager.

‘This is the problem Southgate has got. You have Mount, Grealish, a lot of players but you can’t not start him at the Euros,’ said Redknapp.

But Richards added: ‘Mount, Grealish and Foden – they all start for me.’

The former player and now pundit says Gareth Southgate has to start Foden on current form

The former player and now pundit says Gareth Southgate has to start Foden on current form

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Jamie Redknapp says ‘genius’ Pep Guardiola could be the greatest manager EVER

Jamie Redknapp says ‘genius’ Pep Guardiola could be the greatest manager EVER after steering Manchester City to a fourth straight League Cup win… but Micah Richards stresses the club must win Champions League to reach the next level

  • Manchester City beat Tottenham 1-0 in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday 
  • Aymeric Laporte scored the only goal of the game in the 82nd minute 
  • The victory saw Pep Guardiola claim the trophy for the fourth year in a row 

Jamie Redknapp labelled Pep Guardiola a ‘genius’ after Manchester City claimed a deserved victory over Tottenham in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.

City were the better team in a fairly uneventful game with Aymeric Laporte scoring the only goal in the 82nd minute after being lucky to avoid a red card earlier on.

The victory saw Guardiola claim the trophy for the fourth year in a row and Redknapp was full of praise.  

Pep Guardiola celebrates with his coaching staff after winning the Carabao Cup on Sunday

‘There was a huge gulf in class,’ he said on Sky Sports. ‘Yes Laporte should have been sent off in the first half and it is amazing how many times that happens, the man who could have been sent off scores the winner. 

‘But they are a joy to watch, if you enjoy watching football then you love watching Manchester city play. The way they move it, the triangles, it is a joy to watch. Pep Guardiola, I think he is a genius, the players will run through brick walls for him. The football they play in midfield, from the back, it is a joy and they were far superior.’

‘Is he the greatest ever? I personally think with the style of football he plays, how humble he is, the way he improves players, I think he is the greatest ever. Already for whatever happens from here. 

jamie Redknapp believes the Man City boss may be the greatest manager of all time

jamie Redknapp believes the Man City boss may be the greatest manager of all time 

‘There was always that argument when he was at Barcelona that he had Messi, Iniesta, Xavi. But now everywhere he goes you see the progression, the improvement. And this year might be the most successful. 

‘After eight games they were 14th in the league, everyone questioning whether they had lost their appetite and whether the players were not running for him anymore. He has proved that is not the case. They are on a 21-game winning run, which is frightening. To see them now, the PL is pretty much sown up. Wednesday now becomes huge for them, he knows the importance of that you can see it in his eyes.’

However, Micah Richards believes he must win a Champions League with City to really deserve that title.

Micah Richards thinks Guardiola needs to win the Champions League with City first

Micah Richards thinks Guardiola needs to win the Champions League with City first

‘The league cups are massive but the champions League takes him to the next level,’ he said. 

‘He didn’t win it at Bayern with all those top players, won it at Barcelona but he had a really good Bayern side. I think the credit I can give to him is the way he has evolved the playing. 

‘From the youth the first team, not matter who he puts in that squad, they all play the same way. That’s the difference in the process and everyone buying in.’ 

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Tottenham optimistic over Harry Kane’s fitness ahead of the Carabao Cup final with Manchester City

Tottenham optimistic over Harry Kane’s fitness ahead of the Carabao Cup final with Manchester City with decision on the Spurs star striker’s fitness to be taken on Sunday morning

  • Tottenham will decide if Harry Kane is fit for the Carabao Cup final on Sunday
  • The Spurs striker picked up ankle ligament damage at Everton last Friday night 
  • Kane had similar fitness worries ahead of the 2019 Champions League final loss
  • The 27-year-old may be risked in the starting line-up against Manchester City 

Tottenham are still sweating on the fitness of Harry Kane for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, with a decision to be taken on the morning on whether to risk him in the starting line-up.

But there is growing optimism Kane that he will be able to play, despite having damaged ankle ligaments last Friday against Everton.

The England captain will no doubt be cautious after his decision to start the Champions league final in 2019, when he came back from a more serious ankle injury after seven weeks out but looked short of fitness in the game.

Tottenham are sweating on Harry Kane’s fitness ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final

Kane is a major doubt for the Wembley final after injuring his ankle at Everton last Friday

Kane is a major doubt for the Wembley final after injuring his ankle at Everton last Friday 

Against that, Kane has never won a major trophy and Spurs haven’t won a cup since 2008. 

He managed to complete running exercises on Friday and the ankle was unscathed in its first real test since the injury.

Meanwhile, the club are compiling a short list for to replace sacked manager Jose Mourinho for next season.

Kane took part in some running exercises on Friday in his first test back on his ankle in training

Kane took part in some running exercises on Friday in his first test back on his ankle in training

Favourite Julian Nagelsmann is likely to take over at Bayern Munich, which is said to be his preference over Spurs, though the RB Leipzig coach has sounded out contacts in the English game about the north London club and the experience of working with Daniel Levy.

That would leave Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers, former Juventus coach Max Allegri and former Liverpool and Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez among the candidates being considered. 

The plan however is to allow interim manager Ryan Mason continue until the end of the season. 

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